Volvo XC60 – more equipment – better value

Volvo’s XC60 luxury SUV has added more standard equipment across the range to provide a better value for money package in 2012.

The XC60 model line-up has been changed for MY12. Some previous option packages have been deleted and new models have been added with revised equipment.

The R Design models – a D5 AWD and a T6 AWD – now become the flagship version of each engine choice. R Design models are now based on the Teknik version and incorporate all the extra equipment the Teknik models have as well, not just the cosmetic and chassis changes they did in MY11.

The XC60 range comprises 4 models and three engine choices. The new front wheel drive T5 model opens the line-up and is priced from $69,990.

The MY12 XC60 now boasts a reversing camera standard across the range. All XC60 models now also have the convenience of a power-operated tailgate as standard equipment.

High performance multimedia is now standard in the T5, T6 and D5 models which replaces the CD player with DVD readability, increases the screen size from 5 inches to 7 inches while the T6 gains Premium Sound with 12 speakers and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. The Bluetooth has been updated to include audio streaming.

As part of the XC60 updates the R Design models gain Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System as standard. This system alerts the driver if there is a car in the blind spot by way of a light on the side mirrors.

Volvo Navigation System is now standard on all R Design models, as is voice control that powers the phone and navigation systems. Active Bending Lights – that follow the cars steering path – is also standard on R-Design models.

The 2.4-litre twin-turbo diesel engine of the D5 has undergone significant upgrades for 2012. These changes have increased power from 151kWs to 158kWs while torque jumps 20Nm to 440Nm. Despite the increase in both power and torque, fuel consumption has been improved by 10 per cent and is now 6.9litres/100km. CO2 emissions have dropped from 201g/km to 183g/km.

The new XC60 D5 AWD now starts from $79,990, and the D5 AWD R-Design is now the flagship model in the D5 range at $89,990.

The recently-released T5 engine remains as the entry into the XC60 range. Powered by the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine the T5 produces 177kW at 5500rpm and peak torque of 320Nm. The new all-aluminium 16-valve engine meets the latest Euro 5 emissions standards and in the XC60 T5 has a combined fuel consumption of 8.7litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 207g/km. It propels the SUV from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds.

Achieving such low fuel consumption is, in part, aided by the new transmission with the GTDI engine mated to a dual clutch six-speed Powershift transmission that offers both extremely quick and smooth gear changes and improved efficiency.

Topping out the XC60 range is the T6 AWD R Design. Under the bonnet is the turbocharged six cylinder petrol engine. Lauded as one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2011, the 3.0- litre turbocharged six-cylinder T6 engine boasts 224kW of power and an impressive 440Nm. Fuel consumption remains unchanged at 10.5L/100km.

The third generation Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) includes Queue Assist, Pedestrian Detection and Full Auto Brake to further increase safety on all XC60 models. ACC allows drivers to automatically maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front using a radar sensor and digital camera integrated with the cruise control and for the third generation system introduced for 2011, it offers full braking capability.

If the vehicle in front suddenly brakes and a collision is likely, the system alerts the driver with a flashing red light on the windscreen and an audible signal. If the driver fails to react and a collision is imminent, the system immediately applies full braking force and stops the vehicle.

In slow moving city traffic up to 30 km/h, the new Queue Assist function allows drivers to simply press a button and the cruise control automatically adapts your speed to allow you to smoothly tail the vehicle in front.
This third generation collision avoidance technology also warns you if a pedestrian unexpectedly steps out in front of your car with a flashing red warning light on the windscreen and an audible alarm. If the driver fails to react the system will automatically apply full braking force and stop the car.

All R Design models continue to have the cosmetic and chassis changes of the MY11 models. The T6 and D5 models feature Volvo’s distinctive exterior body enhancements with stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome plated 90mm tail pipes, silver finish mirrors, body coloured front and rear bumpers, silk finish accents on the front skid plate, bumper and side scuff plates and R Design exterior badging.

Inside, the sports theme continues with sports seats with larger bolsters on the squab trimmed in R-Design leather, a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, sports leather gearshift lever, sports pedals, and R-Design floor mats, trim inlays and watch-dial instrumentation.

Overall, the sports chassis has been lowered by 15mm at the front and rear with the springs having been stiffened by 15 per cent with stiffer anti-roll bars. The rear twin tube dampers have been replaced with monotube dampers for a quicker response while the bushings that attach the rear dampers to the car’s body have been stiffened by 20 per cent.

The T6 R-Design is the new flagship model in the XC60 range. It is now priced from $96,990. All T6 R-Design models further gain active bending lights which follow the steering path and a Premium Multimedia system.

2012 XC60 Pricing

T5 $69,990
D5 AWD $79,990
D5 AWD R-Design $89,990
T6 AWD $86,990
T6 AWD R-Design $96,990
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